Youths show signs of PTSD amid social unrest and pandemic

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Around 27 percent of teenagers showed serious symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder due to social unrest and the ongoing pandemic, according to the latest survey of Hong Kong Christian Service Happy Teens Club.

The non governmental organization conducted the study between October and March, interviewing 860 youngsters aged between 12 and 24 years, and 90 percent of which were full-time students.

The three most common symptoms were having repetitive and distressing memories of the incidents, feeling frustrated and showing negative emotions such as fear, anger and guilt.

Meanwhile, 65.1 percent of interviewees showed growth after traumas, including showing more appreciation to life,  having better interpersonal relationships and developing personal abilities.

The NGO said this showed the negative effects and positive growth brought by social traumas could coexist. The group suggested schools improve education on resilience and career planning.